What a weird year for getting crops planted

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomist

The sun is almost shining at my office as I write this edition of C.O.R.N to go. That hasn’t happened much in the past eight or 10 weeks, or heck even since last October. I did finally get four days in the field last week. As I look at my rain gage numbers in Union County since April 1, I see 38 days with measurable precipitation out of 73 total days. With a total 12.5 inches of rain – it actually doesn’t sound that terrible but it’s the fact that there was so little drying in between the showers. By comparison in 2011, another rain delayed start to the season I had 16.6 inches of rain by this date. My rainfall records are available on the CoCoRaHS network, I also encourage you to get a gage and participate too:

Regarding 2011, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Annual Report crop planting progress for 2011 for corn was at 25% at the end of May and 89% on June 10.… Continue reading

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VIDEO: Cover Crops for Prevented Planting Acres special meeting

Sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, here is full coverage of the special Ohio No-Till Council “Cover Crops for Prevented Planting Acres” event held June 27, 2019 at the Ohio Northern University.

To jump to certain aspects of the show, go to the times listed below.

3:15 : Randall Reeder Introduction

7:05 : Mark Badertscher (General control)

11:05 : Jeff Stachler (Weed control)

16:52 : Joe Nester (Fertility management)

32:02 : Brad Wingfield (Crop insurance)

35:40 to End: General Questions and Discussions… Continue reading

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Learning to do through SAE programs

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

From growing crops to managing a herd of livestock, students have a range of projects for their supervised agricultural experiences (SAE). These projects allow students to engage in real-world agricultural activities and gain career ready skills outside of the classroom.

From the inspiration of her agricultural education instructor and with the help of her grandpa, Lauren Wright, from the Miami East MVCTC FFA Chapter, markets and manages one acre of sweet corn.

“My SAE experience has made me realize what an awesome community that I live in. The support from family, friends, and community members has been so supportive in many ways,” Wright said.

Wright set the goal to make the business the best it can be.

“I have started working towards this goal by fixing every error that has popped up so far and by sometimes just being one step ahead,” Wright said.

She really enjoys the opportunity to meet new customers at her house or at the farmer’s markets.… Continue reading

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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole

By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near Celina

He was supposed to bond with me. That was the plan. Over nine years ago, Kent’s dog, Barney, passed and the house and farm were just too quiet. It was the sad time only people who lose beloved pets understand.

Kent left for Chopper School at K & L in Fort Recovery. I headed to the Auglaize County Humane Society. Just that morning, they had posted a new dog available for adoption, Buster, who looked to be part Australian cattle dog and part black labrador. He was a year old and had just been turned in by an older couple who could no longer care for him.

When I first met the dog, all I could think was that he was a black version of Mack, the brown Heeler X Border Collie mix that Kent had when we got married and one of the finest dogs ever.… Continue reading

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ODA listening sessions bring 2019 concerns front and center

Ohio Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda visited Leeds Farm near Ostrander Tuesday, where area farmers gathered to voice their concerns and more on what is turning out to be one of the worst years on record for farming. Christy Leeds was on hand to share the struggles their farm is seeing, including a yet-to-be-planted pumpkin crop and hay yet to be baled.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.… Continue reading

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Stay healthy while traveling when you can’t drink the water

By Karen Mancl, Professor Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

It is a shame to get sick on vacation. Camping and hiking spots in remote areas may have unsanitary water supplies. Most importantly traveling outside the United States poses a risk to travelers, since water treatment is not as reliable in other countries. What can you do to protect yourself and your family from getting sick?

Boil water before drinking is the standard recommendation. Boiling water for just a minute is extremely effective at killing bacteria and parasites that can make people sick. When is doubt – drink boiled water! Any heat source – electric or gas range, camp stove, wood fire and even a microwave oven – heats water to boiling temperatures and kills disease-causing microbes.

What if you can’t boil the water? If boiling water might not be feasible. Other disinfection options are available.

Disinfection tablets containing chlorine or iodine are available for campers and travelers to disinfect a small volume of water.… Continue reading

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Grim conditions from Between the Rows

Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County

I am driving around checking fields right now. I am thinking about planting beans and sidedressing, but all it has done here is rain for the last two weeks. The last three days the sun came out and it did start to dry. I’ll plant beans up until the first week of July if I can.

There is a lot of stuff that hasn’t been sprayed around here. It has been tough to do anything. There are drowned out spots and a lack of oxygen for the plants in the fields. I think it might even be too wet for the disease problems.

For the area, I don’t think the prevented planting will be that much. More has been planted than not planted, but it is all over the board. I have heard guys talking about still planting corn yet this week if they can get it in.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 110 | Wet weather & Magnum P.I.

The 110th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Joel Penhorwood, Matt Reese, Dale Minyo, and Zach Parrott. Intern Zach Parrott talks about his Magnum P.I. look, and the crew discusses how Governor DeWine saw for himself how bad the weather has affected Ohio’s agriculture, and we hear his comments. Dale and Zach come back from Pickaway County Fair. Dale also interviews our second Feeding Farmer Jeff Shawhan. Matt gave an update from our Between the Rows farmers Dylan Baer, Nathan Brown, and Andrew Armstrong on how the weather has hindered their crop progress.

If you are still interested in being a part of Feeding Farmers, you can nominate yourself or a neighbor at… Continue reading

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Fighting resistance with brains and brawn

By Don “Doc” Sanders

You can’t escape reading or hearing about disease-causing microorganisms — with exotic names like MRSA and E. coli OH:157 — that develop resistance to drugs. There are also plenty of reports about resistance to antibiotics in livestock and people or weeds’ resistance to crop chemicals.

There is another kind of resistance in cattle, swine, sheep and goats: internal worms that develop resistance to deworming agents. On this subject, I offer you this true story about a couple of cattlemen and their herd of 200 brood cows out on Cowpath Road.

Lowell was a retired local factory manager. His son, Jimmie, had returned home from Ohio State with a degree in animal science. I enjoyed talking with them and listening to their unconventional observations. And I was impressed by their astute management of their herd. They used frequent pasture rotations, a computerized heat detection system to determine when a cow was cycling, and artificial insemination, followed up with “natural cover” breeding with bulls for those cows that didn’t conceive and were back in heat.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week Two | John & Jeff Shawhan

The Ohio Ag Net team traveled to Clark county for the second round of Feeding Farmer events for the year. Dale visited with father Jeff and son John Shawhan who farms corn, and soybeans. Notably, the Shawhan’s grow waxy corn. Dale has more in this video.

An astounding 60 people turned out to the celebration where the group talked about their wet growing season and the crops of the area. Indigo Ag also had a demonstration on field mapping with drones.

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New drone capabilities gives growers population, plus weed, disease, and pest pressure

In this special video, Evan Delk of Integrated Ag Services discusses some of the latest technology available to growers today. Drones can now be used to accurately gauge plant stand population, as well as specific weed, disease, and pest problems in the field — identifying not only type, but severity and general health. The changes show how far drone technology has come in recent years.… Continue reading

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Hillbilly hot tub update…

By Dan Armitage,  host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio show

Success! Stretching out in an 180-gallon stock tank, my bride and I (finally) soaked in 104 degree water watching the sun set over the Kokosing River last weekend in our homemade hot tub. To boost the DIY rig’s heating capacity, I wrapped the propane heater’s “chimney” with a piece of sheet metal to partially block the vents in order to better contain and concentrate the heat on the copper tubing I coiled within. Then I added a small 12-volt pump to the cool-water outflow from the tub to help circulate the water through the super-heated piping and Voila! Inside an hour we had 104 degree temps and actually had to turn off the heater when the water got too hot.

No, it’s not totally off the grid, thanks to the tiny 12-volt pump ($12 on eBay) that we hooked up via its transformer plug to a ground fault interrupter-wired receptacle.… Continue reading

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Prevented plant acres can be hayed, grazed, or chopped earlier this year

Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.

“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.”

RMA has also determined that silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing for this year.… Continue reading

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Quorum sensing and it’s impact on your soil health: Plant diversity is the key

By Matt Reese

OCJ publisher Bart Johnson once asked the staff during an office lunch: if you could only drink one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? His answer: root beer. I think mine would be water. This led to a long debate of the merits of root beer versus water.

The discussion then turned to food. I think I could eat pizza just about every day. I am guessing that most of you (other than Dale Minyo who really does not care for pizza) may feel the same way. Now, if you just had one pizza ingredient to eat every day, what would that be? For me I think it would have to be the cheese (it is dairy month, after all).

Christine Jones, who served as the keynote speaker at this spring’s Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada, is a retired soil ecologist from the University of New England in Australia.… Continue reading

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Gov. DeWine makes NW Ohio farm visit: I can’t remember a situation bad as this 🔊

By Dale Minyo and Joel Penhorwood

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, alongside Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda, made a special trip to northwest Ohio Wednesday to see firsthand the struggles of Ohio crop and dairy farmers due to this year’s inclement weather.

The Perrysburg area visit was hosted by Kris Swartz and welcomed farmers from multiple other counties to give their take on this year of hardship, whether it be in the fields or in the barns.

“I wanted to come here and see this for myself,” said Gov. DeWine. “I’ve talked to a number of farmers in regard to this problem with the weather and it being too wet to put the crop in. Time is moving forward very quickly and this is probably in my lifetime, I can’t remember a situation that was bad as this.”

Gov. DeWine did send a letter to Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week requesting a secretarial disaster declaration, in hopes of qualifying more Ohio farmers for federal aid.… Continue reading

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Expect volatile markets ahead

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

During the second half of May we observed some Ohio facilities with up to 10 cents wider basis or smaller flat price for June corn compared to May delivery corn. No doubt many producers had unexpected time to move corn to grain facilities in May due to ongoing planting delays thanks to rains which just kept coming. There were indeed logistics issues at river facilities as barge freight experienced vast differences in cost for May compared to June. Corn for May shipment along the Ohio River peaked as the basis was at least 20 cents above the July CBOT price while June delivery corn struggled to see even positive basis levels. Numerous facilities I spoke with were disappointed and surprised at the small amount of corn moving into their facilities during May.

The rapid price rally for corn during May no doubt rapidly scaled back producers’ ideas of selling 2018 corn still in their bins, especially since so many were still planting 2019 corn acres.… Continue reading

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June corn lookouts

By Luke Schulte, Beck’s Hybrids

As I am writing this, many corn and soybean acres have yet to be planted throughout the state. However, my hope is that by the time you read this, your crop will have emerged and will be growing vigorously.

One thing that is certain for later planted corn is that the vegetative growth period will be expedited. By now, many of you have been made aware of the research conducted by The Ohio State University and Purdue University which has shown that, on average, a hybrid requires 6.8 GDU’s less per day to reach black layer or physiological maturity when planted after May 1. This is possible because of the accelerated accumulation of heat units or GDU’s. Instead of producing a new leaf every five to seven days prior to the V7 growth stage, later planted corn will more likely produce a new leaf every four to six days within this same period.… Continue reading

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Amber waves of barley grain becoming more common in Ohio

By Matt Reese

With Ohio’s craft brewery boom in recent years, some of the amber waves of grain seen in fields this month in Ohio are barley planted to meet the exploding demand for locally grown malt.

“Barley is really interesting. The biggest take-home message with barley is that barley is not wheat. There are many similarities, but it is a different crop. Farmers don’t just get paid on yield. They get paid on quality too. You have to be very conscious of the quality,” said Laura Lindsey, with Ohio State University Extension. “Farmers are really excited to diversify and there is a lot of interest. Barley is harvested about 10 days earlier than winter wheat and that opens up a huge window for double-crop soybeans. It can be very profitable with those two crops coupled together.”

With one year of trial data, Lindsey was impressed with the barley yields in Ohio so far.… Continue reading

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Crop progress report shows corn leveling off, beans still going

Much of the State received higher than normal amounts of rain last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 16. Temperatures slumped nearly 6 degrees below normal. Corn and soybean planted progress increased but were still well behind their 5-year averages. Wheat began to mature and was rated 65 percent fair to good condition. There were reports of hay fields and pastures that were difficult or impossible to mow due to increased soil moisture levels. Operators making haylage found it easier to stay on schedule than those making dry hay. First cutting progress for alfalfa and other hay also lagged behind their 5-year averages. Oats planted progress crept to 91 percent while oats reached the headed stage slower than the 5-year average. From the national scene, USDA reports that 100% of corn is planted, likely indicating that no more planting will take place.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 109 | Feeding Farmers, disease prevention, and disaster aid bills.

The 109th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Joel Penhorwood, Kolt Buchenroth, and Zach Parrott. Kolt goes on his first Feeding Farmers trip and spoke with Jeff and Becky Puthoff about their farm and the preventive plans they have for this ongoing wet season. Joel interviews Bayer Tech Rep. Dave Lemore, who discusses the different diseases to watch out for as the weather gets more humid and how to protect yourself from these diseases. Joel also discusses the uncertainties within the disaster aid bills for farmers and how it’s going to affect Ohio, with Vice President of Public Policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau, Yvonne Lesicko.

If you are interested in being a part of Feeding Farmers, you can nominate yourself or a neighbor at

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